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Monday, December 21, 2015

January San Joaquin Sisters in Crime Meeting

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? IT'S ALMOST 2016!

For the first meeting on 2016  our speaker is an active duty deputy--Juan Espinoza of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department.

Saturday, January 2, 10 a.m.

Deputy Juan Espinoza of the Fresno County Sheriff's Dept. is an active duty patrol deputy. He and Sunny Frazier became co-workers when he joined Undercover Narcotics. He is also part of the SWAT team. Come to listen to fascinating stories and an insider's look into law enforcement. Bring lots of questions!

Juan Espinoza's Resume:

DEPUTY SHERIFF

Seasoned Investigator and training officer with extensive experience in law enforcement. Highly motivated, energetic law enforcement graduate with strong work ethics and professional goals. Experienced in organizing, directing, and motivating a diverse work force. Analytical with a lot of common sense, intuitive instincts, and the ability to think outside of the box. Community oriented and a strong sense of resolve. Notable success in management of operations focused on lowered crime, heightened security, and overall quality of life across the community. Skillful communicator with excellent interpersonal, oral and written presentation skills. Bi-lingual with an articulate fluency in English and Spanish.
AREAS OF EXCELLENCE
* Narcotics Expert         * Scene Supervision                  * Court Appearance Testimony                               * Problem Resolution     * Investigations Lead                    * Evidence/Fact Gathering                       * Tactical Team              * Agency Collaboration                * Crisis/Emergency Management            * Peer Support Team     * Community Resolution                    * Senior Training Officer                           
_____________________________________________________________

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

DEPUTY SHERIFF, FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, FRESNO, CA
Conducted law enforcement patrols across a 7,000 square mile community to ensure adherence to all laws. Issues citations, written warnings and traffic investigations. Collaborated in law enforced efforts with other and local federal agencies. Made arrests and reports and reviewed reports for corrections. Part of the Special Weapons and Tactics team both entry and scout sniper.
Senior Deputy Sheriff Training officer                                                                            (2009- Present)
  • Train day-to-day operations of a new recruits in the current laws and department policy and procedure.
  • Develop strategic plans, policies, and procedures to ensure efficient operations
  • Establish, develop, and maintain liaisons with public, private, and business organizations to implement community oriented policing objectives and/or resolve problems
  • Review and approve operational plans for special events and crime enforcement projects
 Deputy Sheriff Corporal (IV)                                                                                        (2006-2009)
Deputy Sheriff IV is a specialist area of law enforcement and involves activities such as Field Training Officer, Detectives, Civil, Vice/Narcotics, Administration, Planning and Res

THE MEETING:

EARLY START at 10:00 am

SATURDAY January 2, 2016. – Please come early by 9:45 am so Scene of the Crime
Yosemite Falls Restaurant On Ashlan, West side of 99

Members $15 Visitors $20

**NOTE: We will be served a choice of
RESERVATION PROCEDURE

RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting

If you can, we highly encourage you email your reservation instead of phoning it in, Thanks.

Please EMAIL TO:

reservationsforsisters@outlook.com

Meal Choices:

Chili and foccacia
Chinese Ckicken salad

Sourdough Cheeseburger


NOTE: please put your lunch choice on subject line

Do not log on to the website, simply send email to the above address.

IF YOU CAN NOT EMAIL Please call 559-431-0360
AND LEAVE VOICEMAIL
with your name & choice of lunch.

Dial carefully, there is no greeting announcing SJ SinC.

PLEASE NOTE WHEN YOU ATTEND MEETINGS:
****After paying,
 Sign up for your lunch choice
 Take meal colored card
 Put on the table in front of you.

****If you write a check, make it out to Yosemite Falls Café.

****Also, we ask that members and guests enter the restaurant and banquet room from the front. Only those with a load to bring in come through the back door of the restaurant. We will, of course always welcome the disabled to use that entrance if they need to.
Program


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sisters in Crime to receive a Raven Award!

We wanted to be sure you caught the exciting news: Sisters in Crime is being awarded a Raven Award from Mystery Writers of America!

The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing, and will be presented to SinC at the April 2016 Edgar Awards Banquet.

“Sisters in Crime is thrilled with this award, honoring nearly thirty years of work in the trenches, promoting the advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. That it comes from one of our partners in crime and advocacy makes the honor doubly sweet.”
 -- SinC President Leslie Budewitz

The 70th Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

JANUARYS THROUGH THE EARLY YEARS by JoAnne Lucas

 JoAnne Lucas was one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime. She wrote this for one of our newsletters. (Karen Besecker organized that first group who met in a restaurant to talk about organizing.)


1995 

We started as a group in April, so no January meeting. (Gotcha!)

1996  Karen Besecker, our founder,  was president. Faye Gaul, a member and private investigator the speaker. Author Bridget McKenna talked about getting into a good critique group and what to look for, what to watch out for. Win/Win (later known as the William Saroyan Writers’ Conference) announced their 6th Writers’ Conference that year.

1997  Lunch at the Daily Planet. In the Poison Pen newsletter Karen Besecker wrote, “In 1997 I resolve to . . . spend more time actually writing and less time fretting over the fact that I haven’t written more.”

   Sound familiar to you authors out there? Some things just never change, even 18 years later.

   And, we got some press from the then Northwest Neighbors newsletter. Yea for us!

1998  Kate Anderson was president. Various members wrote about their first Bouchercon experience, held in Monterey the previous November.

   A note in Random Shots says, “On each January 19th, from 1949 on, a mysterious figure would arrive at the graveyard of Westminister Church in Baltimore, Maryland to place a bottle of Cognac and three red roses on the grave of Edgar Allen Poe. The identity of the stranger has never been revealed.”

     Guess we’ll have to wait ‘til the 19th this month to see if someone has picked up the torch that faltered.


     So, let’s get our own torch going and have a spectacular New Year.

Watch for the announcement of the January meeting, coming soon!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Why I Haven't Been Able to Attend SJSinC Meetings

As one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime, I love attending meetings, hearing the wonderful speakers, and visiting with friends and meeting new ones.

However, I've missed a lot of meeting and this is the reason. I'm busily promoting my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Not as it Seems. And when an opportunity presents itself to promote/sell my books, I must take advantage of it.


I participated in a holiday boutique at our local Art Gallery, and in a similar event right her in Springville. In fact this year, I've been to several book events also.


And right now I'm promoting a .99 cent book sale on Kindle--it's not a mystery, but it has mysterious elements in it. Not a new book, Lingering Spirit is one of my favorites.



The sale is from December 7 - December 11

Blurb for Lingering Spirit:

After her police officer husband is killed in the line of duty, Nicole Ainsworth struggles with the changes forced on her life. Her efforts to focus on her daughters and cope with her grief are kept off-balance by images of Steve, her deceased husband who seems to be trying to communicate with her. Eventually, Nicole finds that Steve isn't the only one watching over her, and discovers a second chance at happiness.



I also sent in my next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery to the publisher and I"m busy writing the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

Merry Christmas to all.

Marilyn Meredith

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Make Reservations for November 7, SJ SinC Meeting



CINDY SAMPLE IS THE SPEAKER! DON'T MISS OUT!



 EARLY START at 10:00 am

SATURDAY Nov. 7, 2015. – Please come early by 9:45 am so Scene of the Crime
Yosemite Falls Restaurant On Ashlan, West side of 99

Members $15 Visitors $20

**NOTE: We will be served a choice of Barbeque Burger, Turkey Deluxe Sandwich or Greek Salad.

RESERVATION PROCEDURE

RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting

If you can, we highly encourage you email your reservation instead of phoning it in, Thanks.

Please EMAIL TO reservationsforsisters@outlook.com.

NOTE: please put your lunch choice on subject line

Do not log on to the website, simply send email to the above address.

IF YOU CAN NOT EMAIL Please call 559-431-0360
AND LEAVE VOICEMAIL
with your name & choice of lunch.

Dial carefully, there is no greeting announcing SJ SinC.

PLEASE NOTE WHEN YOU ATTEND MEETINGS:
****After paying,
 Sign up for your lunch choice
 Take meal colored card
 Put on the table in front of you.

****If you write a check, make it out to Yosemite Falls Café.

****Also, we ask that members and guests enter the restaurant and banquet room from the front. Only those with a load to bring in come through the back door of the restaurant. We will, of course always welcome the disabled to use that entrance if they need to.
Program


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Come and Hear the Wit, Wisdom and Humor of Mystery Author, Cindy Sample

Cindy Sample is the next guest speaker at the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime, November 7th at 10 a.m.






Biography

When I was eight, my dream was to be a super cool detective like Nancy Drew, racing around town in a sky blue roadster. At sixteen, I realized my inherent klutziness could be an impediment to becoming a private eye or super spy so my new goal was to become a world-renown mystery writer like Agatha Christie. A few decades and diversions later, I was a newly divorced Mom and CEO, driving my kids to cheerleading and soccer practice. In a sky blue SUV.

Welcome to the world I share with Laurel McKay, a single soccer mom with attitude, who lives in the beautiful gold country of northern California. Enjoy her laugh-filled adventures in Dying for a Date as she dips her toe into the dating pool and ends up in a tsunami-sized murder investigation. When people ask how much of the book is based on my personal experiences, I always say it’s half memoir and half fiction. I just won’t share which is which!

Having discovered ballroom dancing in my boomer years, I decided Laurel should also share my pain. In Dying for a Dance, her best friend decides the wedding party must learn a DWTS-style choreographed foxtrot routine.  Laurel is relieved when her lesson is over and she no longer has to stumble around the dance floor. Unfortunately, after she leaves the studio, she stumbles over a dead dancer.

Sometimes writers need a vacation. There is nothing more special than spending time on the Big Island of Hawaii. Every time I step off the plane, I feel like I’ve come home. With black-sand beaches, waterfalls galore, ATV adventures, sailing trips and a hot volcano, who wouldn’t want to set a book called Dying for a Daiquiri in this location? Never has research been so much fun.

Dying for a Dude (11/14) is set during the annual Hangtown Wagon Train and features my funniest chase scene yet.  Dying for a Donut (11/15) moves the actual to the area known as Apple Hill. It’s definitely a lip-smacking mystery.

Having waited a few extra decades to achieve my childhood dream, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I appreciate the camaraderie, support and professionalism of local and national author organizations like Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and Northern California Publishers and Authors.

Between plotting, writing, and promoting, the days fly by. No other vocation could provide me with the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who attend author events and talk about the stories they want to write. I love sharing writing tips and resources with budding writers. And there’s nothing better than the joy of bringing laughter into the lives of my readers.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Changing Horses in Midstream/SJ SinC October meeting


Our speakers will be Terry Shames and Susan Shea. Susan Shea and Terry Shames will be our speakers in October.  Their topic is “Changing Horses in Mid-Stream.” 

As you remember Linda O. Johnston spoke about juggling career, life and multiple series in August.  She said the most important thing is flexibility.  Our talk in October is the second part; how to be flexible with regards to agents, publishers, publishing formats (very hot topic!) or series and still pursue your passion.
Susan Shea is currently Secretary of National Sisters in Crime as well as President of the NorCal Chapter.  Terry Shames is currently Vice President of NorCal Chapter.  





Terry Shames
Terry Shames writes the best-selling Samuel Craddock series published by Seventh Street Books. A Killing at Cotton Hill won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery of 2013. The Last Death of Jack Harbin is a finalist for a Macavity Award for Best Mystery, 2014. A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge launched in April, 2015. Terry writes a Wednesday blog on her website, www.terryshames.com. The Necessary Death of Nonie Blake, comes out in January, 2016.




Susan Shea

SUSAN C. SHEA spent more than two decades accumulating story material before creating her best selling mystery series featuring a professional fundraiser for a fictional museum in San Francisco: MURDER IN THE ABSTRACT, THE KING’S JAR, and MIXED UP WITH MURDER (spring 2015). Currently the president of the northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime and on SinC’s national board, she’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, and blogs on CriminalMinds.  www.susancshea.com

Photo credit: Charles Barry

Scene of the Crime
Yosemite Falls Restaurant On Ashlan, West side of 99 EARLY START at 10:00 am
SATURDAY Oct 3, 2015. – Please come early by 9:45 am so we can start on time.
Members $15 Visitors $20
**NOTE: We will be served a choice of California Burger, Soup & Salad Combo, or Spaghetti & Meatballs.
RESERVATION PROCEDURE
RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting
If you can, we highly encourage you email your reservation instead of phoning it in, Thanks.
Please EMAIL TO reservationsforsisters@outlook.com.
NOTE: please put your lunch choice on subject line
Do not log on to the website, simply send email to the above address.
IF YOU CAN NOT EMAIL Please call 559-431-0360
AND LEAVE VOICEMAIL
with your name & choice of lunch.

Dial carefully, there is no greeting announcing SJ SinC

Thursday, September 24, 2015

FRUSTRATIONS THAT GET IN THE WAY OF WRITING

Since I'm the one in charge of this blog for the San Joaquin Sisters in Crime chapter, I thought I'd use it for one of the stops on my blog tour for my latest book, Not as it Seems. It will serve in two ways, besides a blog stop, it may introduce others to our chapter's blog.

The frustrations I’m going to write about aren’t the normal ones of everyday life.  I’m a wife, mother and grandmother so have all the duties, fun and joy that go along with these titles. Though I’d like to be, I’m not the kind of writer who gets up in the morning, starts writing, takes a break for lunch andcontinues to write through the afternoon. That’s impossible for me.

For one thing, I do the laundry, grocery shopping, most of the cooking, take care of the bills, and have lots of visitors. I also have some other regular duties: doing newsletters for two different organization, teaching Sunday School, writing posts for my own blog and three others that I’m on, and attending various meetings. Once in a while I get a paying job which, for obvious reasons, I take care of immediately.

The frustrations I’m discussing here are sometimes related to fun things that took me away from my desk.

If I’m even gone one day, chores pile up. When I’m gone for several days, all sorts of things need my attention—the kind of things that I need to have my home computer in order to take care of them. No writing can be done while I’m doing that kind of work.

My biggest frustration lately has been the need to change my email address. This came about because I received messages from people letting me know I’d sent inappropriate messages to them. Yes, it looked like they came from my email—but were signed my different names. At the advice of my provider I changed my password. That didn’t help. I still got more complaints.

Next step, change my email address. I’ve done it, but it didn’t take me long to realize I also needed to change it on groups I’m on, my two publishers, and places like Amazon and other places that I received notifications from.  I’ve done as many as I can think of, but I’m sure there are more that haven’t as yet crossed my mind.

No doubt I’ll miss something because of this. But tell me, what joy can people get from doing sending out stupid emails under someone else's address? And I also wondered why those who received these dumb emails just didn’t delete them.

I suspect this kind of thing happens to everyone, but it seems that my time for writing constantly gets infringed upon in one way or another. Right now because of my new book, Not as it Seems, I’m also working on the promotion—like this blog tour. I do enjoy it, but again, it’s taking time away from the book I’m writing.

For those who are interested, Not as it Seems  is the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series.




--Marilyn Meredith

Not as It Seems Blurb:

Tempe and Hutch travel to Morro Bay for son Blair’s wedding, but when the maid-of-honor disappears, Tempe tries to find her. The search is complicated by ghosts and Native spirits.

Character Naming Contest:

Once again, I’ll name a character after the person who leaves a comment on the most blogs.
Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by Wild About Fiction http://wildaboutfiction.blogspot.com and I wrote about keeping a series fresh.


Bonnie Hearn Hill and me at a S.J. SinC Meeting


Marilyn's Bio:

Marilyn Meredith now lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, about 1000 feet lower than Tempe’s Bear Creek, but much resembles the fictional town and surroundings. She has nearly 40 books published, mostly mysteries. Besides writing, she loves to give presentations to writers’ groups. She’s on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and three chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter.




Friday, September 11, 2015

The Dead Bird Boss's Wrap Up by Kris Lynn




In 2010 I joined the San Joaquin Valley Sisters in Crime mainly because fellow critique partners told me to enter the Dead Bird Contest associated with ‘the Sisters”. I did and won the Baby Bird. This year I agreed to be the 2015 Dead Bird Boss and it was a great experience. It afforded me the opportunity to connect with members of our chapter of Sisters in Crime and to work with those who have taken on this role before. A lot of bonding all the way around. I was told that as “the Boss” I had a lot of latitude to run the contest so I did make a few changes, specifically requiring online submissions only. 

To help the transition from paper submittal by mail or hand-delivery to the new digital process, I created The Society of the Coveted Dead Bird website with directions and encouragement. The site is more than a place to find out about the contest rules, theme and how to submit a story. It is the start of a portal for all lovers of mystery – readers and writers – to find out about the world of short mystery writing. More info on this as time goes on.

The Dead Bird Awards Presentation went off very well. All except the 2nd Place winner were present. The trophies were adorable. I designed certificates for the winners and one for all who entered the contest so the Society could honor them as well. Kudos for all who take the time to write a mystery and then send it in. I know it takes a lot of courage.


This year all the stories were good. I enjoyed every one of them! The race was indeed close. 


The contest’s theme was “Death of the Party” and here is the guest list to the deadly affair:

1st Place - JoAnne Lucas for “Of Oaks and Obligations”  A fancy dinner party with lots of champagne, and a pretender to the throne who shouldn’t pretend – if he wanted to stay alive, that is.

2nd Place - Chelle Martin for “Last Dance”  A Barn Dance with murder-minded hoedowners.

3rd Place - Terrance Mc Arthur for “Golden Potato”  The after effects of a filling and chilling Thanksgiving Dinner.

Best Hook - Linda Boettcher for “The Writer”  On the way to the party someone messes with the Writer’s novel, and someone is dead.

Baby Bird - Kaitlin Campos for “Red Velvet Drowning”  A birthday party pre-empted by a post-funeral celebration of life.
 

JoAnne Lucas, Kaitlin Campos, Mary Taylor, Terrance McAruthur

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September SJ Sinc Meeting

Our speaker will be author June Gillam.



June Gillam enjoys exploring social issues through the criminal actions of folks who suffer personally from the impact of forces too large for individuals to control. Her Hillary Broome series takes on possible effects of superstores on small market owners, conceivable impacts of patriarchy on women in family businesses, and next, House of Eire will explore the effect of developers on the economies of small countries.



5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller- wry, dark, and timely, April 10, 2013
By 


June Gillam's suspense thriller

"House of Cuts" will have you on the edge of your seat experiencing a whole gamut of emotions!

 I picked this up recently and was delighted to find not only a great story in the classic vein of thrillers with well-drawn female protagonists, but a novel that manages to address larger issues of the Zeitgeist, reflecting them through the anxieties, phobias and even manias of its characters.

Gillam brings small town California to vivid life.

The corporate transformation of the local economy becomes a theme that echos out of the personal experiences of every-day people struggling to hold on to their sense of community.

 Hillary Broome and the killer become strange, distorted mirrors for one another as well as the society they share.

The past haunts the present through metaphor and MURDER, and

Gillam deftly weaves her background stories into a larger narrative that works as both a classic thriller and a wry commentary on the unraveling of Norman Rockwell America in the new millennium!

I'm looking forward with great anticipation to the next Hillary Broome novel and to more of Gillam's fast-paced, elegantly written prose and vividly rendered characters.

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEXT SAN JOAQUIN SISTERS IN CRIME MEETING

Scene of the Crime

Yosemite Falls Restaurant      On Ashlan, West side of 99     EARLY START at 10:00 am

SATURDAY Sept 5, 2015. – Please come early by 9:45 am so we can start on time.

Members $15 Visitors $20

**NOTE: We will be served a choice of Sourdough Cheeseburger, French Dip Sandwich, or Chicken Cobb Salad.

RESERVATION PROCEDURE
RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting

If you can, we highly encourage you email your reservation instead of phoning it in, Thanks.

NOTE:  please put your lunch choice on subject line

Do not log on to the website, simply send email to the above address.

IF YOU CAN NOT EMAIL Please call 559-431-0360 
AND LEAVE VOICEMAIL
with your name & choice of lunch.

Dial carefully, there is no greeting announcing SJ SinC.


September Program

COVETED DEAD BIRD SHORT STORY AWARDS
&
AUTHOR JUNE GILLAM


            June Gillam teaches writing and literature at San Joaquin Delta Community College. She has studied the writing process for years and holds a PhD in Learning and Change in Human Systems from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
            June belongs to several writing groups, Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime, and Gold Country Writers (GCW) in Auburn, California. She facilitates weekly meetings at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, which follow the guidelines of Pat Schneider’s Amherst Artists and Writers.
Working as an editor for a monthly magazine, for academic publications, and other similar jobs over the years has honed her editorial skills, as well. She has her own very small publishing company, Gorilla Girl Ink, which has released three of her books. She looks forward to publishing other writers’ works after she retires from teaching.
            June Gillam enjoys exploring social issues through the criminal actions of folks who suffer personally from the impact of forces too large for individuals to control. Her Hillary Broome series takes on possible effects of superstores on small market owners, conceivable impacts of patriarchy on women in family businesses, and next, House of Eire will explore the effect of developers on the economies of small countries.



San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime meets the first Saturday of the month at Yosemite Falls Restaurant (which is located at Ashlan & Freeway 99.)  10:00 AM.  Price includes lecture & lunch.
For further information see   Blog: http://willkillforastory.blogspot.com


Saturday, August 29, 2015

SJ Sisters in Crime Meeting, Speaker, Author June Gillam

Our September speaker, June Gillam. Her topic will be Setting and using the Central Valley for cime stories. (The Dead Bird awards will also be presented.)





The latest review of Hillary Broome novels in Amazon:

Women Cannot Run the Show? We'll See Grandpa!, August 21, 2014
By 

This review is from: House of Dads: A Hillary Broome Novel (Hillary Broome Novels) (Volume 2) (Paperback)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I won this Goodreads giveaway the author was kind enough to send me the first book in the series, The House of Cuts. I read that one first and reviewed it, favorably. This time round is no exception--the heroine, Hillary Broome, is a likeable 30 something journalist whose father has died and whose mother deserted them when she was a young girl. She has had a couple of failed relationships, made a huge error in judgment while a journalism student at Columbia ( the possible revelation of which by one of those past boyfriends keeps her up at night) and has returned home to the California valley in which she grew up. She is working for an old classmate at a small local newspaper and teaching part time at the local community college.

In the first installment, while reporting on a big box grocery chain in the area she becomes embroiled in the gruesome deeds of a meticulous butcher of a serial killer and meets the lead detective on the case. He, Ed Killian, has lost a child to a hit and run and his wife has taken his other daughter and moved to the East coast, where she divorced him and severed all relationship. He is trying to give up cigars and to convince his rather obese partner, Walt, to eat less and more healthfully. By the end of that book, Ed and Hillary are engaged, Hillary has become friends with the elderly widow of one of the victims and Walt is still a glutton.

In this new book, House of Dads, Hillary has become closer to her father's family--the Broomes of Broome Construction. They are major developers of tract houses and are riding the bubble of easy mortgages and massive development. The head of the company has died and his son, Ted is in line to assume control. The Irish founder of the firm had three sons--Hillary's two uncles and her father, whom he'd disowned as being undeserving since he had no interest in the company. As a result, Hillary is not terribly close to her cousins though she is in attendance, with Ed, at her uncle's funeral. It is during the after funeral reception that Ted keels over and dies. Although, grandfather Pat had long ago decreed that only men can be in charge of the business, there are no male heirs available, so the job falls to Ted's sister, Violet.

So begins the mystery of what caused Ted's death, how Violet will withstand her mother's threat of adopting a son to prevent Violet's control, Violet's rush to become pregnant--with luck, carrying a boy--Hillary's apprehension at possibly marrying Ed too fast, her anxiety at having a family to which to belong. The strands of the tale weave and run and in the end all comes clear, Ed and Hillary marry in a delightful side romp, and the reader is left with the happy anticipation of the next adventure which will take place on Ed and Hillary's honeymoon in Ireland.


June Gillam is the author of the Hillary Broome novels. Here's a review of House of Dads. 





The latest review of Hillary Broome novels in Amazon:

Women Cannot Run the Show? We'll See Grandpa!
By 

This review is from: House of Dads: A Hillary Broome Novel (Hillary Broome Novels) (Volume 2) (Paperback)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I won this Goodreads giveaway the author was kind enough to send me the first book in the series, The House of Cuts. I read that one first and reviewed it, favorably. This time round is no exception--the heroine, Hillary Broome, is a likeable 30 something journalist whose father has died and whose mother deserted them when she was a young girl. She has had a couple of failed relationships, made a huge error in judgment while a journalism student at Columbia ( the possible revelation of which by one of those past boyfriends keeps her up at night) and has returned home to the California valley in which she grew up. She is working for an old classmate at a small local newspaper and teaching part time at the local community college.

In the first installment, while reporting on a big box grocery chain in the area she becomes embroiled in the gruesome deeds of a meticulous butcher of a serial killer and meets the lead detective on the case. He, Ed Killian, has lost a child to a hit and run and his wife has taken his other daughter and moved to the East coast, where she divorced him and severed all relationship. He is trying to give up cigars and to convince his rather obese partner, Walt, to eat less and more healthfully. By the end of that book, Ed and Hillary are engaged, Hillary has become friends with the elderly widow of one of the victims and Walt is still a glutton.

In this new book, House of Dads, Hillary has become closer to her father's family--the Broomes of Broome Construction. They are major developers of tract houses and are riding the bubble of easy mortgages and massive development. The head of the company has died and his son, Ted is in line to assume control. The Irish founder of the firm had three sons--Hillary's two uncles and her father, whom he'd disowned as being undeserving since he had no interest in the company. As a result, Hillary is not terribly close to her cousins though she is in attendance, with Ed, at her uncle's funeral. It is during the after funeral reception that Ted keels over and dies. Although, grandfather Pat had long ago decreed that only men can be in charge of the business, there are no male heirs available, so the job falls to Ted's sister, Violet.

So begins the mystery of what caused Ted's death, how Violet will withstand her mother's threat of adopting a son to prevent Violet's control, Violet's rush to become pregnant--with luck, carrying a boy--Hillary's apprehension at possibly marrying Ed too fast, her anxiety at having a family to which to belong. The strands of the tale weave and run and in the end all comes clear, Ed and Hillary marry in a delightful side romp, and the reader is left with the happy anticipation of the next adventure which will take place on Ed and Hillary's honeymoon in Ireland.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CORA AND SUNNY DO SAN FRANCISCO by Sunny Frazier


 On June 26, when Fresno was topping 107 degrees, Cora Ramos and I headed out to the American Library Association Convention for a weekend in 69 degree San Francisco weather. Cora has received the invite online. The offer? Agree to man the SinC booth for 1 hour and the $400 convention was our playground for the day.

It was touch-and-go as to whether we would make it when I caught bronchitis and Cora dealt with several deaths in the family. However, we both realized what we needed was a road trip. We are pros at traveling together: she drives and I talk non-stop.



After much searching on the Internet, Cora found the Utah Hotel for only $200 a night—a bargain since it was right downtown and near the Moscone Convention Center. It was very Victorian and we had to “share” a bathroom and shower with everyone on our floor. Quaint, but honestly, I never saw another person. I did expect to run into a ghost or two on the narrow corridors, but no such luck.

I loved the venue of the convention. It was spread across two huge buildings, but crossing the street didn't involve traffic. Everything was laid out with numbers on each aisle and booth numbers on the floor. I snagged a coupon book and filled out info for all sorts of drawings. I learned to ask at the booths “Are you giving away any free books?” I got 6 for my 9 yr old godson and 9 for myself.

Gloria Steinem

The highlight of the day was attending Gloria Steinem's talk. She was the feminist influence in our younger years and has remained an inspiration to this very day. She announced that she's finally gotten around to writing her memoirs and it will be on sale in late October.

We did our stint at the booth. While we couldn't sell our books, we had a ball giving away copies to librarians who stopped by. They are the ones who might recommend our mysteries to their library  book buyers. I enjoyed the convention so much that I'm considering volunteering for the Chicago convention in 2017.




The only snag was that San Francisco picked THAT weekend to have their Gay Pride parade. Only one day after the Supreme Court ruling, the Bay Area population was in the mood to party. Apparently there are no indecent exposure laws in the city; I saw things I will never erase from my brain. We got caught in traffic and it took two hours to go 5 miles, mostly in circles. History was made on many levels that weekend, and we were a part of it.    

        

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Juggling Life, Genres, Series and Marketing--Linda O. Johnston



Linda O. Johnston will be the guest speaker at the next SJ SinC meeting.

Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.

Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 39 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.

She currently writes the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.

Where: Yosemite Falls Restaurant Ashlan, West side of 99

When: Saturday, Aug 1, 2015.

Latest book:





LOST UNDER A LADDER BY LINDA O. JOHNSTON

It has been a while since we caught up with Linda O. Johnston. The last time she visited us she was in the middle of writing her Pet Rescue mysteries. In the last year she has started two new series. This is everyone’s chance to get in at the beginning – you can watch the characters develop and bloom as they are replanted into new careers, lives and loves.

Lost Under A Ladder (A Superstitious Mystery #1) features Rory Chasen and Pluckie (a mixed breed rescue dog). Rory is a skeptic but becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about superstition when her fiancé is killed after walking under a ladder. She visits the small Gold Country town of Destiny where every business has a link to some superstition (Knock-On-Wood Furniture, Falling Star Gallery, and Rainbow Inn) to find out the truth. Is there something to the old practices that insure good or bad fortune?

Taking an exploratory walk around the town, Rory finds Martha, owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique, in a semiconscious state. Rory has experience managing a pet store and allows herself to be drawn into keeping the business running until Martha recovers. Soon after a local bookshop owner is found dead and Martha is the number one suspect.

Will Rory and Pluckie find the killer before their luck runs out? Read the Book and learn the answer!
Johnston does a nice job plotting her books. Her current and previous cozy series have a protagonist with a rescue dog. I freely admit that I start thinking about wanting to have a dog again – she makes the girl and her dog relationship almost irresistible. Don’t tell the cats I said that!

--by Terrel Byrd


And look up Linda at

www.LindaOJohnston.com or on Facebook. She loves to hear from readers and would be happy to friend you

Yosemite Falls Restaurant On Ashlan, West side of 99 EARLY START at 10:00 am
SATURDAY Aug 1, 2015. – Please come early by 9:45 am so we can start on time.
Members $15 Visitors $20

**NOTE: We will be served a choice of Patty Melt Burger, Crispy Chicken Salad or Spaghetti & Meatballs with Bread

RESERVATION PROCEDURE

RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting
If you can, we highly encourage you email your reservation instead of phoning it in, Thanks.

Please EMAIL TO reservationsforsisters@outlook.com.

NOTE: please put your lunch choice on subject line

Do not log on to the website, simply send email to the above address.

IF YOU CAN NOT EMAIL Please call 559-431-0360
AND LEAVE VOICEMAIL with your name & choice of lunch.

Dial carefully, there is no greeting announcing SJ SinC.
AUGUST

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ATTEND MEETINGS:
We need everyone's assistance to make the sign up and payment for lunch as simple and smooth as possible.

****After paying, please sign up for your lunch choice and take the appropriate colored card and take it to your seat.

****If you need to write a check, please make it out to Yosemite Falls Café.

****Also, we ask that members and guests enter the restaurant and banquet room from the front. We ask that only those with a load to bring in come through the back door of the restaurant. We will, of course always welcome the disabled to use that entrance if they need to.